Picky eater

The amount of times my boyfriend says a healthy food or drink is gross, but has never tried it. #toomanytocount


Always a great moment when he finally tries something & likes it!

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1 down ➡️ 6 rotations to go

My weight management rotation at the VA has come to and end.

I’ll definitely miss all my vets 👴🏽 that’s forsure!

Things I never knew:

  • Triglycerides levels can be over 1000 mg/dL. I assumed it was similar to blood glucose levels which are extremely high when they read 500.
  • You never realize how stessful diabetes is until you work with patients who are struggling with having stable blood sugar readings. Understanding the different classes of diabetic medications is extremely important to help your patients in the most beneficial way possible.

VAs are amazing facilities. I’m so blessed for my recent experience there and to have the opportunity to apply my new found knowledge to my clinical rotation at Covenant, starting Monday. 😃

CMUDI begins

From this day forward, the dim light at the end of the tunnel will start to get brighter and brighter as today was the first day of my dietetic internship. Two more days of orientation and the weekend stand between me and my first rotation at the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center, img_7716-1gaining experience in weight management. Monday marks 33 weeks until graduation from the Central Michigan University Dietetic Internship and the countdown of 1200 hours of free work.

Cheers to gaining a colossal amount of knowledge and being one step closer to finally getting those, well deserved, credentials! RDN here I come 🙂 

The Transfer

Delta Community College was where my journey into the world of dietetics began. I started out at a community college to save money and hopefully be able to graduate a semester early by doing what Delta called a MACRAO Agreement. After transferring to Central Michigan I quickly found out that my expectations were wrong. I was not going to graduate a semester early.

MACRAO Agreement is designed to facilitate transfer from community colleges to baccalaureate colleges and universities. It provides for transferability of up to 30 semester credits to meet many (and in some cases all) of the General Education Requirements at participating Michigan four-year colleges and universities.  

When I started at Central Michigan, I was under the impression that with the MACRAO Agreement my gen. eds. were taken care of. I was wrong again.  After completing an audit at CMU, I found out CMU has something called U.P. classes (I still don’t know what U.P. stands for) and I was 34 credits behindNeedless to say, I was a bit surprising thinking I would be able to graduate early and now I was behind and would have to cram in a bunch of credits to even graduate on-time!

∇ PRO TIP ∇

If you’re thinking about transferring to a university, talk to an advisor at the university you plan on transferring to and ask them what classes to take at the community college. They will have the most up-to-date information on what classes will and won’t transfer so you can be as prepared as possible. 

One of the “quick fixes”

Did you put off dieting and working out? Are you trying to find that “quick fix” before your summer vacation, spring break, wedding, or family/class reunion? 

but is this “quick fix” safe for your metabolism

The Military Diet

The 3 day diet-promising 10 pounds of weight loss within three days

  • 3 days eating ONLY 1000 calories or less; the only fluids allowed are water and/or caffeinated coffee or tea.
  • 4 days off eating whatever you desire

Can it work?

  • Yes, drinking only water or caffeinated beverages is likely to cause a person to lose weight. Why? Caffeine is a diuretic; diuretics cause people to urinate more getting rid of excess water weight. On average a person carries 1.5-5 pounds of water weight. During menstruation it is not uncommon for women to gain up to 10 pounds; which is likely only water weight.
  • There are various 3-day diet menu plans for the military diet. I’m not going to lie the suggested food items are healthy. HOWEVER, when a person eats less than 1200 calories per day, the body goes into starvation mode. During starvation mode, the body breaks down muscle for energy, and muscle weights more than fat. That being said when a person is only eating a 1000 calories, muscle break down occurs due to inadequate fuel source, (remember muscle weighs more than fat, so when you’re losing muscle you could drop some pounds!) with a combination of drinking water and caffeinated beverages to get rid of any excess water weight-then yes, weight loss is likely to occur.

The not so bright side.

The diet might work great for your outward appearance, but not so much for the wealth of your metabolism. A 3 day on and 4 day off diet creates a Yo-yo affect for your metabolism. Your body wants consistency and the Military diet is not it! Cutting down to only 1000 calories per day (potentially being only half the amount of food a person normally consumes) can be very hazardous resulting in dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, weakness, and/or faintness; especially if you participate in physical exercise which is also recommended to accompany the Military Diet.

ΔPRO TIPΔ

The condition of the inside of your body is just as important as the outside, if not more! Just because you can’t see the issues, like you can on the outside, doesn’t mean that they don’t exist.